You`re right, startup.
Anyone who has ever put their faith in someone professionally only to be taken advantage of as a result probably wishes that someone would have forewarned them to be a little more careful.
I wouldn`t call you gullible. People really should be able to trust one another. I have had it happen to me, too, and it is no picnic.
We all have the tendency to expect others to behave as honorably as we try to, and it is that assumption (albeit made in good faith) that can lead to all sorts of grief if we don`t protect ourselves, which was the message that you conveyed when you started the thread.
Not everyone acts with integrity- and maybe this conversation that you started will remind those other honest, good-hearted souls who work so hard not to just take someone else`s word when it comes to a business transaction, but to get it in writing, too.
An ounce of prevention, right?
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